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Literary Festival

36th Annual Richland College Literary Festival

Tuesday, April 9 - Thursday, April 11, 2019
Lago Vista, Richland College Library


Tuesday, April 9
11:00 - 12:20 Octavio Solis
Renowned author and playwright of multiple books, his latest Retablos: Stories from a Life Lived Along the Border
12:30 - 1:50 Michael Federico
Playwright and Author of The Manufactured Myth of Evelyn Flynn and On the Eve produced in New York
Wednesday, April 10
10:10 - 11:05 Sandy Peterson
Game designer famed of Cthulhu Wars based on the mythos of H.P. Lovecraft
12:20 - 1:15 Cameron Maynard, Joe Milazzo, and Mag Gabbert and CARVE Magazine
Panel Discussion and reading by published author
12:20 - 1:15 Kim Horner
But How Are You Going to Make a Living? - reporter Dallas Morning News author of Probably Someday Cancer
Thursday, April 11
11:00 - 12:20 Joe Stanco Faculty Readings
Readings of Original Work
Open to all Richland faculty. In memory of Richland professor and poet Joe Stanco. The Richland English Faculty and guests share their own original works of poetry and prose.
12:30 - 1:50 Student Readings
Readings of Original Work by Richland College Students

For more information, please call 972-238-6943.

Speaker Bios

Octavio Solis and his book, Retablos: Stories from a Life Lived Along the Border Octavio Solis

Author of over 20 plays, Octavio Solis is considered by many to be one of the most prominent Latino playwrights in America. With works that both draw on and transcend the Mexican-American experience, he is a writer and director whose style defies formula, examining the darkness, magic, and humor of humanity with brutal honesty and characteristic intensity. His imaginative and ever-evolving work continues to cross-cultural and aesthetic boundaries, solidifying him as one of the great playwrights of our time. His latest book, Retablos: Stories from a Life Lived Along the Border is available now from City Lights. In this uniquely framed memoir, playwright Octavio Solis channels his youth in El Paso, Texas. Like traditional retablos, the rituals of childhood and rites of passage are remembered as singular, dramatic events, self-contained episodes with life-changing reverberations.

Michael Federico and his book, On the Eve Michael Federico

Michael Federico is an award-winning playwright whose work has been produced in New York, Chicago, Dallas, San Diego, and Austin. He authored The Manufactured Myth of Evelyn Flynn. He co-created and wrote the book for the musical On the Eve, which received two productions in Dallas before being selected as part of the NAMT Festival and receiving workshop readings at Joe’s Pub and SDSU. Last year, Michael was a recipient of the Drama Guild Foundation’s Writers Alliance Grant, the National Endowment for the Art’s Art Works Award, and the DFW Theatre Critics Forum Award for Best Play/Musical of 2018 for his show Pompeii!!. In addition to his playwriting work, Michael recently rewrote a teen comedy movie for Legendary Digital, co-wrote the audio drama Terms for Wondery Media, and went into pre-production for his upcoming horror movie Final Dress. Michael has a BFA in Theatre from SMU and an MA in Humanities from UTD.

Sandy Peterson and Cthulhu Wars Sandy Peterson

Sandy got his start in the game industry in 1980, working on tabletop roleplaying games. His best-known work from that time is the cult game Call of Cthulhu, which has been translated into many languages and is still played worldwide. He also did many other projects, such as Runequest, Stormbringer, Elfquest and even the Ghostbusters RPG, and was instrumental in the creation of dozens of scenario packs and expansions. He acted as developer on the original Arkham Horror board game. In 1988 he left tabletop games for the video gaming world, and was involved with the creation of Civilization, Doom, Quake, the Age of Empires series, and Halo Wars, among others. In 2013 he founded Petersen Games which has released a series of successful boardgames, including the much-admired Cthulhu Wars. His games have sold tens of millions of copies worldwide, and he has received dozens of awards from the game industry.

Cameron Maynard and CARVE magazine Cameron Maynard

Carve has published HONEST FICTION online since 2000 and hosts the annual Raymond Carver Short Story Contest. Cameron Maynard serves as Nonfiction Editor for the publication. Print and digital quarterly issues feature poetry, nonfiction, interviews, illustrations, and more. While formally based in Dallas, Texas, the staff and volunteers who help the magazine thrive are from all over the world. Carve, named in honor of Raymond Carver, publishes fiction, poetry, and nonfiction that respects the power of language and craft and elicits genuine emotional truths. We also strive to foster a sense of camaraderie among all writers and readers. We converse with the writers we publish, sharing discussions on the modern writer’s life with readers across digital and print mediums. We deliver thoughtful feedback on select submissions that we decline, and we highlight individuals and organizations who practice outstanding literary citizenship. We also engage younger readers through classroom-ready lesson plans centered on our short stories. We value the power of good writing—to challenge, heal, educate, disturb, and transform. With our borderless, inclusive, and diverse community, we look forward to sharing in the empathic spaces that literature creates.

Joe Milazzo

Joe Milazzo

Joe Milazzo is the author of the novel Crepuscule W/ Nellie and two collections of poetry: The Habiliments and Of All Places In This Place Of All Places. He co-edits the online interdisciplinary arts journal [out of nothing], is an Associate Editor for Southwest Review, a Contributing Editor at Entropy, and the proprietor of Imipolex Press. Joe lives and works in Dallas, TX, and his virtual location is http://www.joe-milazzo.com.

Mag Gabbert Mag Gabbert

Mag Gabbert holds a Ph.D. in creative writing from Texas Tech University and an MFA from The University of California at Riverside. Her essays and poems have been published in 32 Poems, Stirring, The Rumpus, The Boiler Journal, Phoebe, The Nervous Breakdown, Anomaly Literary Journal, and many other venues. Mag teaches creative writing for the Graduate Department of Liberal Studies at Southern Methodist University and for Writing Workshops Dallas. She also serves as an associate editor for Iron Horse Literary Review and as the interviews editor for Underblong Journal.

Kim Horner Kim Horner

Kim Horner worked as a newspaper reporter for 21 years, including 13 years at The Dallas Morning News, where she covered topics including homelessness, mental healthcare and the relocation of thousands of New Orleans residents to North Texas after Hurricane Katrina. Most recently, The University of North Texas Press published Kim’s first book, Probably Someday Cancer: Genetic Risk and Preventative Mastectomy. The book is a memoir about the tough decisions she had to make after being diagnosed with a BRCA2 mutation, which put her at an extremely high risk for breast and ovarian cancers (like Angelina Jolie). She received first place in the 2017 Book Manuscript competition sponsored by the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference. Kim has bachelor’s degrees in English and journalism from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts in Humanities/Literature from The University of Texas at Dallas. She started her college career at Richland College.

For over 30 years now the Richland College English Department, the Richland College Library, and the Office of Student Life have co-sponsored one of the college's most celebrated events: the Richland College Literary Festival. Every spring the festival hosts distinguished authors, panel discussions, student and faculty readings, and related activities. Come join us to present or participate in one of our festival events, Q&A's, or readings.